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    Melbourne, Australia
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    Video Editing, 3D animation, Home Theatre & Sports
  1. Hi All, was reading the review on LSI's CacheCade 2.0 which reads great. Just wondering if CacheCade would be suited to a dense virtualised environment with a high proportion of reads over writes? My feeling is it wouldn't be well suited because as soon as any data requested does not exist in the SSD based cache speed is greatly diminished. This is more likely to happen I would think in a virtualised environment as the load is distrusted more widely across the disk. Any ideas/experience with this?
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    Samsung SSD 840 Pro Review Discussion

    I've just gotten myself one of these SSD's, however my old X58 based board only has 3Gbps ports. Just wondering if the details of the IOmeter 4k aligned read/write tests are documented anywhere? I'd like to run these same tests on my system so I can get a rough idea on how much my X58 board is constraining my new SSD performance. Obviously to make this even close to being an apples to apples comparison I'd need to be using the exact same IOmeter profile, the only details that can be obtained from the review is the queue depth.
  3. Hi All, Have a bit of a weird issue with my new Adaptec 3405 RAID controller where it won't allow me to create a second array either via the BIOS or the Adaptec Storage Manager. I have 3 x 1.5GB Western Digital SATA drives with TLER enabled (set at default 7 seconds) which has a single 2TB RAID 5 volume on it, and when trying to create a second array via the BIOS I get this error; When I try and create a second array via ASM the error message I get in the event log is; I updated the firmware to the lastest BIOS version 5.2.0 build 15753, and according to Adaptec answer ID 15135 I should be able to create up to 4 arrays on the same physical drives with the 3405. I double checked the drives and can see that they are listed as being 1397.2GB each with 1024GB each being used on the existing array, leaving 373.2GB free on each drive. I raised a support request to Adaptec a day or two ago, however they haven't responded yet so was wondering if any other SR readers had struck this issue (hopefully with a resolution). Cheers!
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    Silent Drives?

    That sounds excellent tjs47! You got any photos of your rig?
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    Silent Drives?

    Thanks for the tips guys. I have three drives as I have them setup in software RAID 5 so that one drive failure doesn't take out all my data. Still not 100%, but I have not lost 1 file due to HDD failure since I started using software RAID 5 over 5 years ago, despite having two HDD's that were a part of that RAID 5 volume kick the bucket in that time. I've had a look at a few hard drive enclosure reviews, and the Smart Drive seems to be the pick. However I'm a little worried about insullation as tempretures can reach over 40C here in the summer, and I think a HDD enclosure might cause a failure due to heat stress. Reading in the silentPCreview forums and I might even go back to basics, as there are a few guys there who say the BEST system they have come up with to reduce noise is a simple DIY HDD suspension system using some elastic from an every day craft shop. I think that plus some ultra low RPM 120mm cooling fans xould solve my heat and noise issues in one blow. Worth a try at any rate, as all I have to buy is some elastic. Might have some Vantec Vortex HDD coolers going cheap if I'm successful though .
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    Silent Drives?

    Hi All, my server doubles as a HTPC, and I have spent some serious bucks and time (for me anyway) on trying to keep the system cool and quiet as it is on 24/7 and is in the same room as my TV so computer noise is very distracting when watching movies. I've put in 2x120mm exhaust fans, a 92mm intake and a 120mm fan on my CPU heatsink all running at reduced RPM so there is now audiable fan noise, and each of the 3 HDD's are housed in a Vantec Vortex. I've also replaced the PSU with a fanless PSU to eliminate noise there. With all that I can no longer hear a single fan, but what I do hear now which I couldn't before due to fan noise is the HDD noise. It's not terrible, but is enough to annoy me as when I'm watching movies the server is about 2 feet behind me. I've obviously looked at any possiblilites of moving the server, but nothing that is workable. I was even looking at surroundiing the server in somekind of material to absorb noise, but doing that would also insulate heat which is even less desirable. Just wondering if anyone had any suggestions for what drives I could use to replace my exiting ones (must be 160GB or higher in capacity)? I'm currently using 3 x Segate 160GB 7200RPM 2MB cache (sorry, don't know exact model number) and am looking for some pretty serious noise reduction here. Are those fluid bearing WD drives any good?
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    Best Backup Software For Windows 2003 Server?

    Thanks! I'll give Legato a try. Is there anywhere I can download an trial version of their software? To get a trial version from their site I have to give them a whole lot of personal details which I don't want to have to give unless I actually do buy the product (I get enough spam already).
  8. Hi All, I've recently upgraded my server to Windows 2003 (clean install), and I now seem to be having a bit of trouble backing up files to my Sony SDT-10000 DDS4 drive. The backups seem to go through fine, but at the very end I am given an error saying there has been a device error and the media could not be written to. I have tried updating drivers and firmware for my Inito SCSI card and the DDS drive but I still get the same error in Windows backup and get a event ID of 15 in the event viewer which can indicate hardware failure. However I'm not convinced that my tape drive has packed it in as it has been working flawlessly up unti the OS upgrade, and I had a bit of trouble with the where it refused to recognised the DDS drive in Windows backup. Using the Sony drive utility the drive also passes all the read and write tests. Cutting a long story short I was wondering if anyone new of any good backup software I could use? In particular I would like to have software that gives me a running file size tally as I select files for backup so that I can be sure my backups are going to fit on the one tape before I commit the job. I used to use Dantz years ago that had this feature.
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    Yet more RAID help needed!?!

    Whoohoo! They must've liked my answer. I've got an interview next week!
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    Yet more RAID help needed!?!

    The more I think about it, the more I'm inclined to think RAID 10 (instead of the RAID 01 I put as my answer in the test) would be the best solution. The way the question is worded, the primary goal is that disk I/O performance is to be maximized with redundancy being the secondary goal.
  11. For my editing machine I have 1 X 20GB ATA-100 7200RPM for system, 2 X 30GB ATA-100 7200RPM in RAID 0 for work in progress, and for storage I have 3 X 160GB ATA-133 5400RPM in software RAID 5 on a W2K Server. All of these configurations far exceed the requirements of a sustained write throughput of 8MB/sec for capture from my DV editing card. RAID 0 should come in handy for a bit of extra speed when working with your video project if you configure you editing machine the same as mine.
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    Yet more RAID help needed!?!

    Haven't heard back yet. One thing we all seem to agree on is that there is no 100% right answer, especially given the simplicity of the question. If I get to final interview stage, I think I'll be able to justify my RAID 0+1 answer, thanks for your help
  13. Hi All, Had an interview test for a job I went for, and they had a question regarding RAID that I can't seem to get my workmates to agree on (I'm no RAID expert); Which RAID configuration provides the best I/O performance, while still providing redundancy? I answered RAID 0+1, two of my workmates think RAID 5, and one thinks a decent hardware controller with load balancing and RAID 1. I'd really value some input, thanks.
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    Best RAID 0 Athlon XP Motherboard

    Thanks for the input. I really had no idea that the RAID 0,1, 0+1 controllers found on many motherboards today offered no performance gains over using straight out software RAID. I may as well get a motherboard without the RAID and save myself $40 then?
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    Best RAID 0 Athlon XP Motherboard

    Shouldn't a motherboard with hardware RAID 0,1,0+1 give better I/O performance in RAID 0 than a just using software RAID 0?